Easily one of the most hyped basketball talents in recent memory, Andrew Wiggins headlines a rookie class with a lot of talent. Based on a great season, his trade from Cleveland to Minnesota seems like a distant memory, and the number one overall pick is the clear 2014-15 rookie favorite among basketball collectors.
Born and raised in Canada, Andrew Wiggins transferred to Huntington Prep School in West Virginia to play high school basketball. Although he only really played one full season in the United States, what a season it was. Wiggins was named the 2013 Gatorade National Player of the Year, Naismith Prep Player of the Year, and Mr. Basketball USA. He was also named a McDonald's All-American. Following his stellar senior year, the big question became what school he would attend before his jump to the NBA.
With his choices narrowed down to the powerhouses of college basketball, Wiggins ultimately chose Kansas over Florida, Kentucky and UNC. Despite intense media coverage and a slow start, Andrew Wiggins put forth a productive freshman year. He was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, First team All-Big 12 and a second team All-American. Surprising no one, Wiggins went the one-and-done route and declared for the 2014 NBA draft.
Although several players were mentioned as possible number ones, most believed that Andrew Wiggins would be the first player taken in the 2014 draft, and Cleveland made that a reality. When LeBron James made his decision to return to the Cavaliers, rumors of a trade to acquire Kevin Love began to grow, with many predicting that Wiggins would be part of the outgoing package. Just two months after he was picked number one by Cleveland, Andrew Wiggins was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Playing alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving would certainly not have been a bad thing, but they would have likely overshadowed Wiggins from a collecting perspective and minutes would have been harder to come by. Instead, Andrew Wiggins is the new face of the Timberwolves' franchise and saw a lot of court time as a rookie. Whether this helps him in the long run remains to be seen, but Wiggins is already a star in Minnesota.
Based on his impressive first-year numbers, Wiggins was named the Rookie of the Month for the Western Conference in November, December, January and February. Not really a surprise considering his consistently strong play, Andrew Wiggins also won the 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
Although signed memorabilia options are not very plentiful yet, the supply will grow. Check out autographed gear for Andrew Wiggins here.
The following guide looks at the official rookie card options for Andrew Wiggins from 2014-15 NBA products. Below that, view notable pre-rookies and promo cards for Wiggins.
Andrew Wiggins Rookie Card Guide
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Back after a few years in hiatus, 2014-15 Donruss is a solid base rookie option for Andrew Wiggins. Multiple parallels, including Swirlorama, add many more options for collectors.
The very first pack-pulled rookie card for Andrew Wiggins can be found 2014-15 Hoops. The budget product features a solid design and also brings collectors the first official release of signed cards for the rookie.
2014-15 Panini Court Kings Andrew Wiggins RC #101, #134 (#/225), #167 (#/149), #200 (#/49), #233 (#/10)
One of the most unique and distinct designs in basketball over the last few years, Court Kings brings an artistic look to Andrew Wiggins rookie cards. The base rookie card features a large "ROOKIE" tag and dark blue background. There are also four other cards for Wiggins that are part of the primary set and each features a different look and level of rarity. All of the cards can be seen below.
As a base card from a retail-only product, the Excalibur rookie card for Andrew Wiggins is never going to be worth more than a few dollars. However, among budget options, the ornate background and and bronze text give it a distinct look. Plus, collectors can also track down his popular inserts in the set, including Crusades and Kaboom.
Home of the rarest Andrew Wiggins rookie card, this Gala card is not particularly notable other than a print run of eight. However, rarity alone is enough to make this one of the most valuable and toughest rookie cards to track down.
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Andrew Wiggins RC #201 Autographed Jersey #/199, #234 Dual Jersey #/149, #267 Triple Jersey #/99
Gold Standard has emerged as one of the top value options for basketball rookie collectors and is also notable because it offers the very first official autographed rookie card for Andrew Wiggins. There are three main autographed jersey options, each with a different image and print run.
A card that will battle the other high-end releases for the Andrew Wiggins rookie card crown, 2014-15 Immaculate Collection makes a compelling case. The quality design, jersey piece and large signing area are further enhanced by the low print run. The base version, numbered to 99, was originally available in redemption form. There is also a jersey number parallel, limited to 22 copies.
Another premium take on Andrew Wiggins rookie cards, National Treasures may very well be the best. Numbered to 99 and featuring an on-card signature and large patch, they don't get much better than this.
2014-15 Panini Noir Andrew Wiggins RC #93 (Black-and-White) #/99, #193 (Color) #/70, #215 Autographed Jersey (Black-and-White) #/99, #240 Autographed Jersey (Color) #/99
Offering a different take on rookie cards, Noir basketball presents four different options for Andrew Wiggins collectors. Each numbered to 99, collectors can find a base and RPA version with either black-and-white or color images. The color version of the autograph patch is particularly eye-catching thanks to the gold signature.
Paramount takes a cue from the 1990s and utilizes Dufex technology in the base designs. The textured foil cards have a nice look but the player images are not nearly as crisp. In addition to his base rookie card, there is also a variation card with Wiggins shown in the process of dribbling. Both cards can be viewed below.
2014-15 Panini Preferred Andrew Wiggins RC #2 Autograph #/25, #202 Auto #/49, #297 Auto Jersey #/99, #334 Auto #/49, #386 Auto #/49, #567 Auto #/50
There are six autographs for Andrew Wiggins in the base set of 2014-15 Preferred. All featuring on-card autographs and different designs, the collecting variety for these Andrew Wiggins rookie cards is unmatched. Silhouettes are the key design for many collectors.
Issued in three different tiers, Prestige is found exclusively in Target stores. The Andrew Wiggins rookie has a 90s-Flair look to it and the holofoil option brings that full circle. All three of the versions can be seen below, with the base first, then the Plus and Premium.
The silver background of Prizm lets the image of Andrew Wiggins take center stage and offers a nice budget rookie card. Prizm parallels offer various color combos and many additional cards to chase. There is also a SP Variation card for Wiggins, shown below on the right, that is really more of an insert and very easy to distinguish from the base card.
Basically a more ornate version of Prizm, the 2014-15 Select rookie cards for Andrew Wiggins add gold and black foil. There are actually three base versions of increasing rarity. The most common is the Concourse version shown first and the least common has a green background and is part of the Courtside subset.
Although the sticker autographs seems like an afterthought, collectors looking for an elaborate Andrew Wiggins rookie card design can check out 2014-15 Spectra. The base rookie is not numbered, but a variety of colorful parallels offer rarity and an expensive rainbow chase.
The most simple of all the Andrew Wiggins rookie cards, this sticker card is not the easiest to track down but prices remain low.
2014-15 Panini Threads Andrew Wiggins RC #201 (Die-Cut), #253 (Leather), #298 (Micro-Etched), #343 (Wood)
The Target-only release may not be the preferred outlet for some collectors, but 2014-15 Threads is a great overall product for those that enjoy deep rookie sets. Consisting of four different base rookie cards, collectors can find aTeam Threads jersey die-cut, Leather, Micro-Etched and Wood rookie for Andrew Wiggins.
Another brand with a heavy foil focus, Totally Certified separates itself from Prizm with embossing and etching in the design. Like Prizm, Totally Certified is big on parallels. A short-printed image variation is available for Wiggins and can be seen to the right of the base card below.
Notable Andrew Wiggins Pre-Rookie, College and Promo Cards
Part of a promotional exclusive to coincide with the 2015 NBA Finals, the Private Signings autographs for Andrew Wiggins are very limited. The base autograph is numbered to five and the Rookie Signatures Materials cards is more common with 25 copies and adds a small jersey piece.
Possibly one of the rarest early releases for Andrew Wiggins, Panini issued this promo card in limited packs that were distributed at summer events for the NBA.
Another early Panini release, each of these cards were found as part of Panini's 2014 National Convention exclusives. Rare autographs were also available. Given the Cleveland gear being showcased by Wiggins, they may be considered more a novelty since he never actually played for Cleveland during the regular season.
Showcasing a college image of Wiggins, Leaf produced a five-card set of the young star and also limited autographed versions. Leaf revealed that the five-card set had a print run of 2,000 and each of the five cards had an autographed parallel, limited to 20 copies.
Part of the high-end multi-sport release from Leaf, the Leaf Q autograph for Andrew Wiggins is easily the most-premium option for collectors looking for something outside of Panini products. Given that most of the autographs in the set are signed on-card, the sticker signature for Wiggins is not ideal.
A simple update made the "Welcome to Cleveland" card accurate again. These Andrew Wiggins cards were originally available in special "Welcome to Minnesota" packs and autographed versions averaged 1:40 packs.
The first of two early Panini cards for Andrew Wiggins, the Intrigue Draft X-Change cards were originally available as redemptions. The bold look and gold foil design makes it a popular pre-rookie choice for collectors.
Not quite as captivating as the gold Intrigue X-Change card for Wiggins, the Signatures Draft X-Change card opts for a horizontal layout and features a unique film-slide design.
The earliest card for Andrew Wiggins is found in Sports Illustrated for Kids. The children's sports magazine has become an unlikely first stop for many top athletes. Collectors can find the Wiggins card as part of a perforated nine-card sheet in the August 2013 edition of the magazine. Dez Bryant, Robinson Cano, Paul George and Elena Delle Donne can also be found on the same sheet.